HoopsHype Josh Kroenke rumors

February 23, 2014 Updates

Tom Penn, a former NBA executive and now an ESPN analyst, sees a team with the ability to make moves. "They've just made contractual commitments to a number of players and they are sort of capped out for the near future," Penn said of the Nuggets. "So you either really like what you've got and just hold and wait for everybody to get healthy, or you look to get different. And they have a number of pieces they can move in order to get different." He mentioned 24-year-old forward Kenneth Faried as someone who might draw interest. "I would think there would be a ton of interest in him as young as he is and as impactful as he's been," Penn said. "The fact that McGee is hurt really hurts them, I think, because he would be somebody who would be intriguing on the market. (Team president) Josh Kroenke has done a nice job of adding players at good numbers, which always means they are tradeable. It means they are an asset instead of a log on your (salary) cap. So they have the flexibility to get different. The trick is how to get better." Denver Post

October 17, 2013 Updates

Across a series of hirings and firings, trades and draft picks, he has withstood the scrutiny. He let go of an NBA Executive of the Year, Mark Warkentien, and hired Masai Ujiri, an anonymous, young executive. Together, Ujiri and Kroenke delivered the NBA a blueprint on bringing back value in a trade for a superstar player. They dictated terms on the Carmelo Anthony market, earning the respect of the league, and ultimately an Executive of the Year award for Ujiri – right before he accepted a $3 million a year job to run the Toronto Raptors. "We weren't going to get taken advantage of unless we chose to get taken advantage of," Kroenke says. "With 'Melo, we had the asset everyone wanted." Yahoo! Sports

The NBA has changed, the dynamic between front offices and coaches forever more tuned together. If Karl's generation represented an old-school division of power, Kroenke has nudged the Nuggets toward a more modern league reality. "We never want to tell the coach what he has to do: He has to decide the best combinations on the floor, who to play, what to run," he says. "But the best organizations in the NBA have that camaraderie, that cohesion, between the front offices and the coaching staffs. There's so much information available now, and this makes the most sense. It's a good dynamic to have, and you can feel everybody is on the same page here." Yahoo! Sports

Everything gets harder now; everything more complicated. "I've been around pro sports since an early age, with the NFL, the NBA, soccer," he says, "and I've picked up things. But I've also found my own path. There's always a fear of failure in this family. I don't want to feel out of place in it. I want to go prove things to myself. "I think that I can figure out people pretty quickly, that I've developed a good sense of reading them," he says. "From a young age, I've had people coming to me asking me for stuff; people always want something." Yahoo! Sports

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"I can't express my appreciation enough," Shaw told The Denver Post by phone Monday evening. "It's been a grind to say the least, but I'm just very appreciative of the opportunity to lead this team. ... It's been years, 11-12 interviews I've gone through. And I've felt I've been prepared by the best of the best. You know, everything that's worth something, a lot of times you have to wait for it. I feel like I've waited and paid my dues. I feel honored and privileged that (Nuggets executives) Josh (Kroenke) and Tim (Connelly) have put faith in me that I'm the guy they want to grow with going forward." Denver Post

June 21, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have named Ben Tenzer as director of team operations, team president Josh Kroenke announced today. Tenzer, a University of Colorado graduate, will work closely with Kroenke and general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly on day-to-day operations, with a focus on salary cap management and the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. NBA.com

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In another blow to a quickly emptying front office, the Nuggets lost their in-house general manger candidate to the Sacramento Kings. Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said the team's vice president of basketball operations, Pete D'Alessandro, is leaving Denver to be the general manager of the Sacramento Kings. D'Alessandro was the right-hand man for Masai Ujiri when Ujiri was the executive in charge of the Nuggets' basketball operations. The Kings identified D'Alessandro as a leading candidate early in their search for a general manager and landed him Saturday. D'Alessandro's departure means the Nuggets probably will have to hire a general manager from outside the team. Denver Post

June 14, 2013 Updates

Upon being fired last week, Nuggets coach George Karl told team president Josh Kroenke, "I think I should tell you, I think it's very stupid." The controversial firing of the reigning NBA coach of the year has led to much debate in Denver. On Thursday afternoon, Karl sat down with The Denver Post and discussed an array of topics, including his firing, his future (possibly landing with the Memphis Grizzlies or the Los Angeles Clippers) and the future of the Nuggets, a team he believes could have won 55 games next season, even with Danilo Gallinari out for much of the season due to knee surgery. "I'm not going to stand here and justify my (playoff) record," Karl said, but he believed the franchise was on an upward tick, "and to blow that away, it leaves you helpless, speechless, powerless, sad, a lot of words." Denver Post

Q: Can you describe your desire for a contract extension, heading into the last year of your contract? A: "I didn't demand an extension. I said to Josh, 'I will coach this team next year, I'm excited about coaching this team next year, but in the last year of a contract, there are things that could happen.' I didn't say they would happen, I said they could happen. I said I didn't think I deserved a three-year extension, but it's a signed contract (with an option), so let's compromise. I don't think I deserved to get my option picked up, even if we won in the first round (of the playoffs), but there's a middle ground. The thing that annoys me every day still is the fun connection we have with this team. They think they can unplug us and plug somebody else in, and I'm going, 'Wow, that is not respectful of the coaching profession.' " Denver Post

June 13, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have recently had serious discussions with former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers Tony DiLeo regarding their GM vacancy, a source close to the situation conveyed to CSNNW.com. According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the GM search, says DiLeo is steadfast on a return to management and the source added Nuggets President Josh Kroenke has been pleased with how talks have gone and he considers DiLeo to be a serious candidate. CSNNW.com

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